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Mistress Mary is quite contrary until she helps her garden grow. Along the way, she manages to cure her sickly cousin Colin, who is every bit as imperious as she. These two are sullen little peas in a pod, closed up in a gloomy old manor on the Yorkshire moors of England, until a locked-up garden captures their imaginations and puts the blush of a wild rose in their cheeks; "It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place any one could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless stems of roses which were so thick, that they matted together.... 'No wonder it is still,' Mary whispered. 'I am the first person who has spoken here for ten years.'" As new life sprouts from the earth, Mary and Colin's sour natures begin to sweeten. For anyone who has ever felt afraid to live and love, The Secret Garden's portrayal of reawakening spirits will thrill and rejuvenate. Frances Hodgson Burnett creates characters so strong and distinct, young readers continue to identify with them even 85 years after they were conceived. (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Soothing and mellifluous, native Briton Bailey's voice proves an excellent instrument for polishing up a new edition of Burnett's story. Bratty and spoiled Mary Lennox is orphaned when her parents fall victim to a cholera outbreak in India. As a result, Mary becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she hesitantly tries to carve a new life for herself at imposing and secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary befriends a high-spirited boy named Dickon and investigates a secret garden on the Manor grounds. She also discovers a sickly young cousin, Colin, who has been shut away in a hidden Manor room. Together Mary and Dickon help Colin blossom, and in the process Mary finds her identity and melts the heart of her emotionally distant uncle. Bailey makes fluid transitions between the voices and accents of various characters, from terse Mrs. Medlock and surly groundskeeper Ben to chipper housemaid Martha. And most enjoyably, she gives Mary a believably childlike voice. A brief biography of the author is included in an introduction. Ages 6-12.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a delightful presentation of a timeless story. The illustrations are beautiful and throughout the whole book.Published 3 months ago by jane whitaker
Wonderful to have this beloved children's classic available again. My granddaughter loved it when I read it aloud to her.Published 3 months ago by Christina Agrell
Absolutely loved the book- I'd recommend it to everyone. A must read!Published 7 months ago by Julie Larade
Tellement contente recu livre et conforme a la description mentionné par le vendeur...cliente satisfaite ...merci!!!Published 12 months ago by Francoise Pitre
Awesome classic to add to your collection or for a YA reader gift! Would prefer hard cover though. I'm old fashioned like that.Published 18 months ago by Trinidy
I was younger when I read this, and my mom used to read it to me, and it was really interesting. I saw the movie before reading the book, and the book was better. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2012 by Jong Uk
Great book of course, a classic! And loved the illustrations, which are in the nineteenth century tradition, very finely and precisely drawn. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2010 by Anne Laudouar
So this is where the nursery rhyme came from! Thus starts this well known and beloved tale as young Mary Lennox, raised in India by indifferent parents, is a most spoiled and... Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2007 by Misfit